Human Traffic Watch

Judge seeks constitutional review of law that criminalizes prostitution

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on January 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
A closed brothel near Youngdeungpo station in Seoul, an area that was once a large red light district. Citizens pass by after a police crackdown in May 2011. (by Shin So-young, staff photographer)

\ A closed brothel near Youngdeungpo station in Seoul, an area that was once a large red light district. Citizens pass by after a police crackdown in May 2011. (by Shin So-young, staff photographer)

The debate over the 2004 Special Law on Prostitution is heating up once again after a court requested a constitutionality review on its provisions that punish women for sex work.

Though there is widespread agreement that the punishments on women selling sex should be eliminated, different camps are offering very different rationales. Legal scholars welcomed the review request, which echoes their own belief about a minimal state presence in private issues. But feminists are concerned that an unconstitutionality ruling could lead to the full-scale legalization of prostitution. The debate looks poised to rage on while the Constitutional Court deliberates over its review.

 Source: The Hankyoreh

 

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